An underworld suspect named Dulan Sameera Sampath alias Abba has been killed in a shootout with the STF, police said.
According to information received, the STF had launched an operation in the Egoda Uyana – Modara area last night (10) to arrest the suspect.
Police say the suspect was hiding in a room in a house when he had a shootout with the STF.
The injured suspect was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
The deceased has been identified as a 26-year-old disciple of Salidu, a drug dealer in Panadura.
A STF soldier was also injured in the incident, police said.
Sri Lanka’s security forces have long been widely accused by the international community of killing suspects in various crimes without bringing them to justice. The assassination also joins the list in the run-up to the Geneva Human Rights Conference.